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Friday, 29 May 2015

Barry races to national success

PRUDHOE speed demon Barry Teasdale (pictured right) capped off a successful debut year in road racing by clinching a national championship.

The 25-year-old is celebrating after scooping the 2012 ThundersportGB HMT Pre National Sport 600 Championship, held at Mallory Park, in the Midlands.

Barry, who works as an architectural technologist, only took up road racing last year and surpassed expectations by claiming the top spot.

He first ventured into motocross in 2002 at the age of 15 until having the opportunity to race with the North East Motorcycle Road Racing Club when he achieved fourth place in the British Masters Amateur MX1 Class.

In his first year, he won rookie of the year 600cc centre champion and finished second in the Formula 600 class.

After a much better than expected transition to road racing in 2011, he decided to take the step into the ultra-competitive ThundersportGB paddock competing in the HMT Pre National Sport 600 class with an aim of finishing in the top 10.

He has had a storming season, taking eight race wins and 11 second places, and setting three lap records despite competing in only seven of the nine rounds. This saw him beat the nearest rival by 158 points.

It hasn’t all be plain sailing, though, as he suffered a broken arm which needed surgery after crashing at the fifth round at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk, scoring no points as a result.

This meant he had to race the following round just five weeks later nowhere near fully fit to protect his championship position.

The setback cost him a lot of points but he fought his way back to the front in the final two rounds.